A FIRE-RAVAGED Victorian house and a neighbouring family home in Alderley Edge could be bulldozed and replaced by an apartment block.

Oaklands, on Wilmslow Road, was gutted by a massive fire just over two years ago.

Now North East Cheshire Developments has applied for permission to bulldoze the building, together with the neighbouring Old Coach House on Horseshoe Lane, and replace them with 14 apartments.

A planning statement submitted by SGS Planning on behalf of the applicant states: “The proposal is to provide 14 dwellings, comprising two and three-bedroomed apartments, housed in a single new building together with internal and external car parking as well as hard and soft landscaping.

“The existing residential dwellings would be demolished and replaced by a residential use that is appropriate for the edge of village location.”

Vehicular access to the site will be via Horseshoe Lane.

Knutsford Guardian: Fire ripped through the Alderley Edge property in February 2022Fire ripped through the Alderley Edge property in February 2022 (Image: Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service)

The existing access to Oaklands off Wilmslow Road will be closed up as part of the proposed development.

The scheme doesn’t include on-site affordable housing.

The planning statement says: “The applicant intends to enter into discussions with the local planning authority regarding this matter…to secure a financial contribution in lieu of on-site affordable housing.”

The scheme will include at least two parking spaces per dwelling,  located in a sub-level shared garage as well as on a shared driveway.

There would also be two spaces for shared visitor parking.

A communal secure bike storage is proposed within the internal parking garage.

At the time of writing, two residents have objected.

One says the proposal is an over-development of the site and will mean even more traffic on a busy road.

The other states: “While I'm not opposed to the redevelopment of the site,… the proposed number of dwellings and associated cars would have a detrimental impact to the fabric of Horseshoe Lane.

“The visitor parking is also insufficient.

“Horseshoe Lane is narrow with little to no opportunity for on road parking ...  A development of this scale would only exacerbate this.”

One resident has written in support saying: “Great to see some investment in the immediate area helping to improve and uplift look and feel.”

The application, number 24/0962M, can be viewed on the planning portal on Cheshire East Council’s website.

The last date for submitting comments is May 2 and the application is due to be determined by a planning officer under delegated authority.